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This last summer I went to my birthplace. It is a small village in the middle of nowhere, almost. Someone told me to visit a tree. A tree that is 4 or 5 kilometres from my family home. Apparently it is an interesting tree, a really old one. So one afternoon I went on walking to the place. I was on holidays, with nothing else to do, so it was a good plan, as good as any other. It was a really nice walk, the light and the weather was great. It takes almost an hour, depending on how fast you walk, or how distracted by the surroundings you are.

The warm colours of this pictures are mostly because I had a wrong white balance setting on my camera. Later I tried to fix it post process, something that is easy if you shoot in RAW. But at the end, I ended with some very similar result to the wrong one. Tweaking the white balance is an easy way to get interesting (or completely wrong) colours in your pictures. And in this case, I like the results.

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Sorry for the delay between posts. I should try to be more regular from now. Here is my entry for this Weekly Photo Challenge. The first picture is from my last holidays in Portugal. From the top of a cliff. I like the sea texture. The tiny boat gives scale to the thing. The second one was taken from my window, in the place where I was living until a month ago. Possibly, I was preparing another blog post, like I am doing now. Does a double rainbow mean double treasure? And the third one is a rowing team practising in the river Cam, in Cambridge. That picture came that way, without any crop. Not sure about the composition, but I like it. Also, I took it one of my first days here In Cambridge, when everything seemed to me new and interesting. I was in the honey moon phase, I think…

Its been a while since my last post. Some recent personal events have made almost impossible for me to get time for my blog and keep it updated. Not even editing and processing pictures. I still have loads of pictures from other trips and places that, hopefully soon, will share here. In this “no time for anything” situations is where the convenience of a mobile camera shines. I took these in some places in Spain, Cambridge and London, in the last couple of months.

I wish I could forget the last couple of months… Possibly more material for future posts.


Big gallery of pictures from Cabo de Gata, Almeria. I struggled a bit processing this ones. I first thought about doing black and white processing for these, in a similar way to my Low tide pictures. But I like the brown and ochre colours in these landscapes, so here are the colour versions.

The weather was really hot. At some point my car told me something about 37ºC. I spent a couple of days in this place. The plan was just visit some villages and spend some time in beaches. I started in the lighthouse of Cabo de Gata. From there I went to the Monsul Beach. That place is amazing. It is just a desert and the rock formations in the beach remind me, in its shape, like frozen rocky waves. In contrast, the water was totally calm and flat, and completely transparent. I’ve never seen water like that in a beach. There were lots of fishes also, and people trying to catch them. At the end of the day I went up to Las Negras and there I stayed in a hotel. I really liked that little village. The pebbles beach was a bit difficult to walk on, but it is a very unspoilt area, something I really appreciate. I hope it stays that way for long time.

The next day I went to Aguas Amargas. That place didn’t inspired too much to take pictures, so there is none in this gallery. But I had some great seafood. Something I miss living in the UK. That will be the theme of another culture shock post, I think… ;-)

As a curiosity, Monsul beach was a location in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade movie:

And here, the map of the route I did:

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Just an interesting stair I saw in Cambridge, yesterday. I only had my mobile at hand, so here it is, another mobile picture. And the funny thing is that this is my first “Explored” picture in Flickr ever! And I joined in 2008, that talks a lot about how the whole interestingness algorithm works… ;)

About the title, I’ll explain it in a future post. Good weekend!

I’m back from my holidays. I’m also really busy these days, but I have time to share some pictures I did in the past two or three weeks with my new mobile. The image quality is not the same as the ones I take with my DSLR, but I reckon it is quite fun to use a mobile for photography. At the end, It doesn’t change too much if you just focus on the composition and light. Also there are some really good image processing apps available. The one I most like right now is VSCOCam. The filters are subtler than the instagram ones. And the basic tools for cropping, rotating, colour temperature, contrast, etc… are there for you to use. Speaking of instagram, there is something I don’t like at all and that is the forced square crop. You can use some apps to add black or white extended borders, so you don loose the original framing, but that is an extra step that I find really bothering. One thing I would like to see is RAW support on mobiles. The JPGs get quickly degraded after a few edits.

In this small gallery you can see pictures taken in Cambridge, UK and some places I’ve visited in Spain during my holidays. I will post soon some more, along others taken with my normal camera, that I hope you find interesting. First I need to recover from some kind of post-vacation depression that is affecting me much more than needed… ;-)

Time for some holidays. I won’t be able to update this blog very often for a while. But in the meantime, you can have a look at my twitter stream to get an idea of possible future posts. For example, recently I got a new mobile phone. My previous one had a very crappy camera, but this new one has some potential. I may post some of my experiments and tests. Mobile photography is something that I haven’t tried too much, apart from the usual selfie or a picture of something I need to buy in a shop. Also I had a bunch of pictures not published yet that now are online on my flickr account. I need to sort them out and write some comments about them. Please let me know if there is any particularly interesting for you, ok? ;-)

 

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Another three pictures from my quick trip to Portugal a few weeks ago. These are from Carvoeiro, close to Portimao. I don’t know what that construction around that church is, but it looks like a wind barrier. Or an upside down boat… Also, I discovered some new wooden walks around the cliffs, with great views to the sea. I’ve visited this place for quite a long time now, and I still love it.

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